Precious Gemstones

Precious Gemstones

There are four gemstones that are considered so rare that there are termed precious; they are diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires.  Amethyst used to be a precious gem, but then the vast resources of excellent Amethyst was discovered in Brazil in the 1800's.

In ancient times, precious gems were referred to as cardinal gems because the cardinals used them in religious ceremonies.

 

 

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